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Re: Accepted pointless 0.3-3 (i386 source)

On Sun, Jun 01, 2003 at 11:16:36AM +0200, Marco Presi wrote:
>  || On Mon, 19 May 2003 14:01:29 -0700
>  || Brian Nelson <pyro@debian.org> wrote: 
> 	>> Changes: 
> 	>> pointless (0.3-3) unstable; urgency=low
> 	>> .
> 	>> * Closes: #193287
> 	>> * Closes: #193286
> 	bn> Uhhh, nope, sorry.  Close them correctly or don't close them at all.
> ???
> Are you sure? It works well here...
> Could you send me more information?

Sure, it "works" in that it closes the bugs, but it conveys very little
useful information to the submitter, people watching lists like
debian-bugs-closed, people reading apt-listchanges output, or people
reading through the changelogs next year looking for when a problem was

Instead of just "* Closes: #nnnnn", please say "* Fixed incorrect
frobbing of foo, closes: #nnnnn" - i.e. give a description of what was

(Now that the bugs have been reopened, in this particular case just mail
nnnnn-done@bugs.debian.org with a description of what was changed.
Brian's rightly trying to suggest that your changelogs should include
some detail of the changes in the future, though.)


Colin Watson                                  [cjwatson@flatline.org.uk]

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